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Ohio man raises money for kids after parents killed

12:22 AM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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CINCINNATI -- An Ohio man is raising money to help four kids he'll probably never meet.

Sometimes we just feel called upon to act. That moment came last week for Brian Morris of Springboro.

He was reading a couple different news stories and one hit him on Christmas Eve: Parents die, four children orphaned.

Last Sunday, a wrong way driver crashed into a van on Interstate 75 in Warren County. Killed instantly were Joshua Nkansah, his 7-year-old son David, and 31-year-old Michele Barhorst, who was in the minivan with her family. Her husband, 37-year-old Scott Barhorst, died later at a hospital. The couple's 9-year-old daughter was the most seriously hurt of their children, but she survived.

The family was on the way to visit relatives for Christmas.

Morris knew he had to do something. "I decided to do this because I have two daughters of my own. I can only imagine, if something were to happen to me, I can only hope that someone would help me out the way I'm trying to help these kids out."

With the help of a friend, he set up a We Pay account online to collect donations for the children. The secure site allows you to see the donations made and by whom.

"What I want people to do is to reach into their heart and forget that five dollars they spend on something pointless and donate 5, 10, 15, however much they can to this cause to try and help these kids out. Because I really want to help them create new memories, do great things."

In just two days the account has raised nearly five thousand dollars, but Morris says it's about more than the money.

"I've never met them, I probably never will meet them. And what it comes down to is it doesn't matter, because if you're helping each other out, that's what we're all here to do. And that's exactly what I want to do in this situation."


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